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Grateful Dead Live at Sam Boyd Silver Bowl, U.N.L.V. on 1995-05-21

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Grateful Dead Live at Sam Boyd Silver Bowl, U.N.L.V. on 1995-05-21

Topics Live concert

Jack Straw, West L.A. Fadeaway, Little Red Rooster, Ramble On Rose, Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues, So Many Roads, Promised Land Samson & Delilah, Unbroken Chain, Eyes Of The World-> Corinna-> Drums*-> Space-> The Other One-> The Days Between-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Liberty

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Sam Boyd Silver Bowl, U.N.L.V.
Location Las Vegas, NV

Source SBD: Dat > Cass > Dat > Cass2 > Dat > CDR > SHN (


Primary source: SBD: Dat > Cass > Dat > Cass2 > Dat > CDR > SHN (
Secondary source: SBD>DAT>DAT>CDR>WAV>SHN from partial second set recording.

NOTE: Primary source was slightly fast, suspected on listening initially and confirmed easily by comparing to a DSBD partial source. The pitch issue as well as a few other technical shortcomings are taken care of as well as the upgrade for most of the second set (see info file).


Reviewer: buybearbuy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 5, 2015
Subject: Soft Tacos
Does anyone remember the hundreds of frisbee like soft tacos flying across the stadium at the break? Much better than the flying marshmallows that melted in peoples' hair the year before! Great venue for the dead... sure it wasn't 1974 or 1977 quality, but I wish I was there now! If you can find fault with the dead in Vegas, you're following the wrong band! Much love haters! We are everywhere!
Reviewer: lips - - April 23, 2013
Subject: groove found
Reviewer: erik eimes - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 17, 2012
Subject: las vegas
unbroken chain and the other one in one set,not bad for 1995,my last show glad to see it!
Reviewer: Darrylizer - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2012
Subject: Solid show, excellent drums/space
I knew if I look long enough in the '95 section if the archive I'd finally find a show that wasn't either a moribund death march, a Jerry free zone, a sloppy mess or a combination of all three. This show is it. MUCH better than the previous shows at the Silver Bowl (which were embarrassingly awful except for drums/space). You know something's wrong when the best thing is drums/space. But this show is allright, everybody is present. I can listen to it without the caveat "it's really good for '95". BTW the drums and space segments are fantastic and The Days Between is very nice.
Reviewer: briandrum1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 23, 2011
Subject: Drumz
I know there are probably a good amount of people that like the DMB. I happen to not be one of them. I do however think Carter, their drummer, is pretty darn good. With that said, what he "added" to drumz for this show was embarrassing! Was he not paying attention to what was going on around him, or does he simply just not "get it"?

Overall, the show is a good show, for 95 standards. Not great, but definitely worth the listen! (except for the beginning of drumz) :D
Reviewer: *62 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 5, 2008
Subject: .......
Love these Vegas shows at "Sam Boyd" .... for those who remember, some of these shows match the "tone" of those recorded at Radio City for the "For The Faithful" release .... there was every reason to believe Jerry would get well, despite the extra years. He always had. Complain less, y'all .... enjoy the shows ... say "Thanks".
Reviewer: gdjake - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 1, 2008
Subject: Wonderful show despite revisionist theory
Yes, alot of 1995 was ragged. Yes, some of the shows Jerry was running on fumes. This show however, was NOT one of those. Jerry plays and sings strong, with very few vocal flubs. The "So Many Roads" is arguably their best ever, and "Days Between" could also be put in that category. We got a rare "Unbroken Chain" and "Spanish Jam", and we got alot of tight jams in "The Other One" and "Eyes" among others. Guys and Gals, this show rocked. I've always regretted not seeing more shows after this (like many others this was my last), though in hindsight, I'm glad my last show was such a gem. Compared to many of the nights that followed (nights where jerry mumbled more words than he sang) this was such a gem, and to be quite honest, this one stands up strong even compared to alot of the 70's and 80's shows. It's generally thought unacceptable to compare '95 to the glory years (whether you believe thats 60's, '71, '77, or '87-'93) but the fact remains that this show DOES compare favorably. We have the classics and we have a great mix of solid new tunes. Thanks for the memories, and thanks for making my last show a very memorable one. Jake
Reviewer: cosmo21 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 3, 2008
Subject: Vegas Baby
I am so glad I made it to Vegas in 1995, after 3 years of planning I finally made it. The parking lot scene and atmosphere surrounding these shows is what made them special. Yes this was a 1995 show and looking (listening) back this will not make anyones best ever list. However for 1995 there were more hits then misses at this show and the Unbroken/Eyes combo was my last great memory of seeing the Dead live. I also think the Drums with Carter Beauford of DMB is worthy of a listen, as well as the cool Spanish Jam/Other One.
Reviewer: sugarcube - favoritefavorite - September 19, 2007
Subject: bitter sweet
It was almost great to see them do Unbroken Chain...but Jerry looked like he was ready to fall over any moment. I thought for sure they'd cancel the rest of the tour after seeing these shows. My disappointment in these shows was overshadowed by my concern for Jerry.
Reviewer: session - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2007
Subject: last 1
A lot of memories. My last show after 10 years of amazing memories and experiences, truly life-altering times. A poignant night. The last two nights had had a couple of small high points, but it felt like there really wasn't much left with Jerry's health, and musically nothing at stake. I remember the crowd being out of control- a whole different vibe. Everyone selling, wanting something, one guy relentlessly screaming at the crowd in the lot, red in the face to "kick down his miracle". Regardless, I remember coming into this show thinking "fuck it, after all these guys have done for me and all the love they've given me over the years, I'll be damned if I'm going to leave them when they're low". I danced my ass off, not many people were (there were a lot of "tourist" type show goers there, checking out the "novelty" of the Dead). It was hard to keep things going in that first set, but I stuck with it. The second set was different. It was ragged, but beautiful. For me there were a lot of tunes meaningful to my history with the Dead, a lot of "bookends". The Unbroken Chain (expected) was nice; thanks Phil and guys. What a beautiful song, it meant a lot. An older-style Eyes was a great next number, reminded me a bit of my 1st show when it really caught my ear. Jerry was there for that. Then it was really great to hear the Spanish Jam- Other One (my favorite tune), really what I always hoped to hear out of space ). Days Between, wow. Jerry had given of his soul for this scene over the years, and had paid for it. What a heavy number, and in the context of his health and the crazy crowd scene, it was breathtaking. Over the years I had watched that slot go from Wharf Rat to Stella to Standing on the Moon, now the swan song. It was sad, and hard. Then Sugar Mags, making the classic out of space 3 Dead songs (Other 1-Jerry soul-Sugar mags) from over the years.

Then it was over. I remember just sitting out by the car, kind of wanting to go to the next place with them, but knowing that it was over, really over. There was a longing, and a peace too. I just kept smoking and feeling the vibe of the night that was flowing out into the desert. I wish we had done better by those guys in the last years, it just got out of control. Thanks Dead, for everything. I still think about you all the time. I was glad to have had such a nice final set with all of you too.

Hey, "sound quality freaks", this is maybe not what you're looking for as you comb over the reviews for "quality" ratings. But this is a nice recording; I'd only heard a muddy one until this point.
Reviewer: buscameby - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 26, 2007
Subject: It was the best of times it was the worst of times.......
SO nice to hear a decent tape of this show!

The one I have was poor audiance quality but was glad to have it.

This was mine as well as many others LAST GD show but on top of it it was my birthday! A great weekend of fun as Friday was my brothers birthday and Saturday was my best friends and we are all Huge Heads.

The First set was nice but the second was a real gift! Especially after I got a back stage pass during the break! No I didn't get to hang with the Boys but I still have the pass and it says "Paid in Full" .

I believe the second set was smokin start to finish even with Corina which isn't one of my favs and Liberty which can Quack like a duck-lol.

The Unbroken was a sign of things to come for my love of P&F's and the Eyes sparkled and shined.

Excuse my long windedness but I wax nostalgic for the Days that Lie between.

The Other ONE-buscameby
Reviewer: nslynn - favoritefavorite - August 9, 2006
Subject: Poor showing, too hot.
The show was HOT, it must have been +105 that day. I never quite understood why they played in May during the day in Vegas. I drove there in a 1981 jeep with no AC and we camped all three nights; thus I never got to cool off. This show was much better than the first two of the stand, however, was a very poor showing by the boys. The first set was a complete dud. The drum circle in the middle of the field during intermission certainly pumped the crowd up... I think the same thing happened during the first show too. The crowd finally got into it during eyes, with the highlight beingthe other one. The crowd mellowed out during Days and never recovered. Liberty was horrible.

Looking back at the show, even though it was barely tollerible, I should have enjoyed it more. I was too worried about money. There are more important things in life.

2 stars out of 5
Reviewer: Trannyman - favorite - February 2, 2006
Subject: Don't get depressed
Hey, this show is one of the worst of 95 for sure, despite the excellent sound on this. Jerry leaves the stage after a very rough Eyes....I'm not sure if he's even out there for the Other One...but is back for Days, which brings it back.

Right around this time (May), along with the rough Tampa show, Jerry was in trouble..SPring tour must have done some damage.

BUT- There were more good shows left (Shoreline, Deer Creek, Soldier, RFK) keep going!
Reviewer: Hilder,rebuilder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2006
Subject: The "SMR" project
SEE 1992,2,21 'getting them all!--- See you all at PHIL AND FRIENDS, NYC FEB 2006, fun times!
Reviewer: stratocaster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2006
Subject: vegas 95
Easily one of the best shows of 1995. After two clunkers, I really enjoyed this's not as evident on the recordings but Garcia's guitar sounded great live that day...clear and loud...Ramble On Rose, Tom Thumb's Blues and So Many Roads deserve mention as being excellent "best of era" versions..Jack Straw and West LA are delivered tight and well played...Samson got the crowd dancing, but when they started up Unbroken Chain a huge cheer went through the crowd like a giant wave...Eyes of the World has a great ensemble feel, Corrinna is one of the best versions out there, the post Corrinna jam is very cool...Spanish Jam materializes out of Space...and transitions into Other One...Days Between and Sugar Magnolia end the show in style...I remember taking my time to leave after the show and a spontaneous drum circle breaks out in the infield of the stadium, this event security chick who's next to me gets on her walkie-talkie and says "Uh-Oh they're playing drums"...hilarious...5 for 1995 shows, 3 in the grand sceme of things overall...I'll give it a 4, because I'm a dick and to thrwart the haters...;P it is worth a listen...
Reviewer: MCSZ - favoritefavorite - December 21, 2005
Subject: 2 Stars
Reviewer: skullduggery - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 15, 2005
Subject: Good enough for me.
I've read the above reviews and find agreement on the presence,or not, of some quality strings. Despite this, I think that the Corrina is clear proof that the drummers were still very much showing up for the shows. Solid grooving. Bursting impatiently from an aimless noodling start in a way that only a wound up Kreutzmann and Hart could pull off.
Reviewer: what_the_johnson - favorite - October 17, 2005
Subject: Goodbye Jerry
Last show and it was, well, depressing. The band was chugging through sets at this point and Jerry was just not there. Don't misunderstand me I love these guys and spent 18+ years attending shows. It pained me to watch the band I grew up with dissolve right in front of me. There were brief moments when some spark would light, but nothing that would carry through a set or a show, those days were over. Toss into this picture folks who thought they were witnessing a great great rock show and it made it that much more painful. Goodbye Jerry - thank you for all those years of great music and so much more.
Reviewer: ImFromComptonBoieee - favorite - July 11, 2005
Subject: wow
reading some of these reviews, its obvious where the scene had gone. jeez.
Reviewer: zarah'sdad - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 16, 2004
Subject: The show I remember
is much better than I hear here. The sound quality is not so great; I hear alot of drums and Phil, but not much else...where are the guitars?

That being said, a good set list that in my memory kept getting better and better, but doesn't show through on the recording.

This was my last show. After the show, the cops were making us turn right as we exited the parking lot (we needed to turn left). We drove for about two hours and suddenly we were surrounded by green hills and tall tress (neither in Vegas). We panicked, so we turned around and were back at the stadium in about five minutes. Later that night I won $1000.

I remember right in the middle of Sugar Mag thinking, "I will never be this happy in this way ever again." So far I have been right.
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 5, 2004
Subject: really dudes....
this board is hissin like a snake....great quality otherwise {than the hissing}funny that the "days between" is hiss free ....i am sure it was fun, but can't we start a dead forum so everyone can tell everyone else how fun it was then....this is the great ARCHIVE where we need to review the SHOW and sound found here.......vocals are low and i am down to eyes, which they could have fixed in the second set's time
Reviewer: MattyQ - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2004
Subject: Fire in the Desert
It felt like I was dancing on the sun. I think this was the hottest of all three shows- for the band and the weather. First and second set all both full of jems- West LA, Tom Thumbs, Unbroken, Eyes, Spanish Jam/ Other One. Everyone was lovin' it. DMB opened all three of these shows and got "permission" to play Watchtower for everyone. Antigonish seemed so far away.... but that could have just been the acid!
Reviewer: Funkyriddims - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2004
Subject: Desert Heat
The last show I saw before Jerry Died. My wifes Birthday. So Many Roads had us in tears and then danced so hard during Promised Land that our friend collapsed from the heat. A kind soul that was dancing with us happened to be an EMT and helped us get our friend to the Rock Docs to Hydrate and revive.Freaky stuff especially in our "Fungi Enhanced State" but the Rock Docs nursed her back to health just in time to find a nice cool spot near the showers to hear the boys open the 2nd set with Sampson and Delilah. Sugar Mag, my wifes favorite on her Bday at our last show. Nice.
Reviewer: johnnyg3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2004
Subject: Last Vegas Run
The Dead fit perfectly in the surreal world of crushed velvet and lights. No one even noticed they were there, hardly. I loved the atmosphere of the desert. People talk about a dry heat. Whatever. It was HOT! But I would have walked on fire to see this band. I was spent this night after the run but it was sound. The Chain! It was all to much!
Reviewer: ptbarnum - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 9, 2004
Subject: Last Vegas Show...
Life was grand in the Silver Dome, especially down in the Phil Zone. The usual suspects where all there: Glen, Scully, "the captain," "Doobie Dan" and of course "Mosh Pit Mike" (the most rockin' sober people ever?). Even, there was a special appearance by Jenn and Taylor right before all of our first "Unbroken Chain." And the last time I saw Hans. Last I knew he was living in a teepee in Crested Butte. People, there was electricity coming off of this stage tonight. Well, maybe it was something else talking?! Great it was in the Silver Dome. Thanks for taking care of this recording...
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